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2 November 2017 4:03 PM CIA releases 47,000 bin Laden files, renewing interest in Iran links

Material also contains video of late militant leader's son and possible successor The CIA's release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has led to renewed questions about Iran's support of the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. U.S. intelligence officials and prosecutors have long said Iran formed 31

2 November 2017 3:53 PM Osama Bin Laden Had 'Loose Change,' a 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Documentary, in His Secret Compound

The infamous leader of the terrorist group that planned the September 11, 2001 attacks had a 9/11 conspiracy theory film on his computer, according to files posted online by the CIA this week. As Newsweek reported, the CIA released a trove of some 470,000 files recovered from Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's secret compound in Pakistan, where he was killed 6

2 November 2017 4:01 AM Barrett captains raw All Blacks in opener

An experienced duo will capture ample attention despite a host of fresh faces winning All Blacks selection for their tour opener against the Barbarians. Three uncapped players are on the bench while three others will make their starting debuts in a raw team, boasting just over 300 combined caps, on Saturday at Twickenham. To provide some counter-balance 16

2 November 2017 2:13 AM NY attack: Trump calls for death penalty

US President Donald Trump has called for the death penalty for an Uzbek immigrant accused of ploughing a truck down a New York City bike path, killing eight people, describing the man as a "terrorist." Sayfullo Saipov (29), who was hospitalised after he was shot by a police officer and arrested, told investigators he had been inspired by watching Islamic 23

1 November 2017 11:32 PM Michael McGrath – status of enquiries

The investigation into missing Christchurch man Michael McGrath remains active and is being worked on by a dedicated team of detectives. Operation Renovation commenced when the 49-year-old builder was reported missing to Police in May. Considerable effort is continuing to be made to provide answers for Michael’s family, with whom we continue to liaise 22

1 November 2017 7:20 PM Cartels keen to grow Kiwi cocaine market

The seizure of a record haul of cocaine that was smuggled into Tauranga yesterday is a sign international drug cartels are taking a keen interest in growing New Zealand's small cocaine market, officials say. Some 46kg of cocaine, with a street value of $20 million, was seized at a Tauranga address yesterday after a five-month investigation by police 37

1 November 2017 6:39 PM The wheels haven't fallen off here

Hirschman's Cycle (From the Left, ODT Opinion, 27.10.17) refers to the United States' seesawing political system, grounded in shifting tides of private interest and public action. There is no ambulance at the bottom of an American societal cliff, you either fight to survive or you become part of the homeless underclass, living well below the living wage of $US8 ($NZ11.50) per hour. With the impending 26

1 November 2017 5:33 PM 'Frenzy' goes out of NZ housing market

New Zealand property value growth slowed to an annual pace of 3.9 percent in October as inflated Auckland house prices fell for the first time in six years. The QV house price index posted the lowest rate of annual growth since June 2012 last month, state-owned valuer Quotable Value said. Values increased 0.9 percent to a national average $646,807 in the three 15

1 November 2017 4:00 PM New Zealand’s Housing Boom Has Come to an End

House prices in New Zealand’s largest city posted their first annual decline in six years in October, bringing an end to the nation’s property boom. Prices in the Auckland region fell 0.6 percent from a year earlier, helping to slow the rate of growth nationwide to 3.9 percent, a five-year low, property research agency Quotable Value said Thursday. Auckland’s 16

1 November 2017 2:21 PM China Blinks on South Korea, Making Nice After a Year of Hostilities

Mr. Xi’s tough stance against South Korea also included a punishing economic boycott that helped reinforce the American relationship with Seoul, undermining China’s long-term goal of replacing the United States as the pre-eminent power in Asia. “This is the reversal of an ineffective and costly policy on the part of China,” said Shi Yinhong, professor 25