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Drugs swoop nets six

Wellington Six people have been taken into custody after a series of raids in the west Auckland suburb of Avondale uncovered an alleged synthetic cannabis operation, police say. Three homes were searched on Bellgrove Place, Sceptre Street and Victor Street just before 6.30am today, and five more homes are still being checked by officers. Police said six people had been taken into...

254 die in Colombian landslip, floods

Mocoa (Colombia) Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing on to houses early on Saturday morning (Colombian time), killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks on to buildings and roads in the...

Storybook reading may help with language

London Simple repetition learning techniques could help young children struggling with language to learn vocabulary faster, according to new research. The European study looked at whether repeated storybook reading could help youngsters with specific language impairment (SLI) retain information and words compared to children developing at the typical rate for their age. Working with three-year-old German children, the study built on the...

Morgan goes on Twitter tirade against tourists, PC culture

Auckland When economist Gareth Morgan launched his bid for Parliament last year, he compared himself to Donald Trump because of his anti-establishment approach. The two men now have another thing in common a tendency to be short and sharp on Twitter. Mr Morgan, the leader of The Opportunities Party, was involved in an extraordinary argument on the social media site last night in...

Specialist dairy consultants certified

An inaugural group of farm consultants are now qualified under the New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management's dairy farm systems certification scheme. The programme assesses the consultants' skills and knowledge of the dairy farm system and best business practices, says New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management (NZIPIM) chief executive Stephen Macaulay. "The certification is no mean feat, and we...

‘Papal tyranny’ catches up with Pope

Carpi (Italy) Perhaps the last thing Pope Francis expected to find during a visit to the northern Italian city of Carpi overnight was a huge 136-year-old plaque honouring the victims of "papal tyranny". The Pope passed right by the plaque while standing in his white open popemobile after saying Mass in a square a few dozen metres away during a day-long...

Smith tops tally for most NRL wins

Melbourne Passing Darren Lockyer to become the most successful player in NRL history, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith insists he owes the record to his team-mates past and present and coach Craig Bellamy. Smith chalked up his 238th career victory with the Storm's 28-6 win over Penrith at AAMI Park, surpassing the former Bronco. Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk also now sits third...

Four-day-old baby rescued from sinking migrant boat

Rome A four-day-old baby was one of over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships yesterday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea. The baby was travelling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from northern and central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen and seen drifting some 40km north of the Libyan town of Sabratha, the most frequently...

Pike River families to PM: ‘This is just dragging on’

Laura Mills The Pike River Mine families say work to send a drone or cameras into the stone drift leading into the mine has stalled, and the Government has refused to release all existing footage from underground. Six weeks ago, Prime Minister Bill English agreed to consider sending a robot or drone into the drift, noting technological advances. Another option was...

St John sends wrong rescue helicopter

Brendon McMahon A badly injured motorcyclist at Barrytown had to wait at least 90 minutes for medical help to arrive after a new St John triage dispatch system sent a Christchurch-based rescue helicopter instead of the Greymouth-based helicopter just 10 minutes away. Runanga volunteer firefighters, with Greymouth as back-up, were first on the scene of the crash just before midday on Saturday...
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