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2 November 2017 4:31 PM Breakers hold off storming 36ers in NBL

The New Zealand Breakers have extended their NBL winning run to five matches with a 92-88 win over the Adelaide 36ers in Auckland. Coming off away wins over Melbourne and Brisbane, the second-placed Breakers had to survive a stubborn last-quarter fightback on Thursday from third-ranked Adelaide at North Shore Events Centre. Down by 14 points in the third 31

2 November 2017 4:16 PM The Soap Box: Labour making their mark with easily dispersed crumbs

A fortnight ago much of the country was in a state of shell shock. Winston Peters had just delivered his decision to anoint Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Since then we haven't seen much of him. He's clearly decided to let the young ones get on with the job and they've been busy delivering the sort of crumbs that are relatively easy to disperse 54

1 November 2017 3:14 PM Five old friends from Argentina reunited in New York. They died together in a terrorist attack

The childhood friends from Argentina had been planning the trip to New York City for years. The men all hailed from Rosario, Argentina’s third largest city, about 3½ hours northwest of Buenos Aires. As teenagers, they had bonded in the halls and classrooms of the Instituto Politécnico, a technical high school in Rosario, and graduated together from there

1 November 2017 2:48 PM New York truck attack: Victims were visiting with loved ones

Eight people were killed in New York on Tuesday when a man drove a truck onto a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. Not all the victims have been identified yet but the authorities have confirmed that five of them were tourists from Argentina and another was visiting from Belgium. The Belgian national was named on Wednesday as 31-year-old Ann-Laure Decadt 27

31 October 2017 11:34 PM Mark's message on judging troops

Defence Minister Ron mark says he can't recall a time before now when the split second decisions of troops are dissected by non-uniform media and politicians. Defence Minister Ron Mark says he's never seen a time like now when a person who has never worn a uniform can judge the snap decision of a soldier in a war zone. Mr Mark, an army veteran whose 29

31 October 2017 10:02 PM 'What a privilege it is': Defence Minister Ron Mark thanks Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand First deputy leader Ron Mark has given his heartfelt thanks to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for appointing him Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs. "I'm not quite sure she realises how personal this is and what a privilege it is," Mr Mark said. Mr Mark became emotional, shedding tears during a performance of Poppies and Pohutukawa at the Returned 19

31 October 2017 12:14 PM 'SA counting on member countries'

South Africa’s Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi said while the recommendation by World Rugby that South Africa should host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was not a formality, he expected the member countries of World Rugby to “follow the processes” to confirm South Africa as the host. South Africa was named as the preferred host for the 2023 Rugby World Cup by an independent 13

31 October 2017 11:50 AM The Daily 202: 10 takeaways from Mueller’s shock-and-awe gambit

THE BIG IDEA: The ghost of Paul Manafort haunts the White House this Halloween. Since President Trump likes alliterative nicknames, maybe the special counsel’s should be Methodical Mueller. Unveiling the first batch of criminal allegations to come from probes into possible Russian influence in the American political system, Robert S. Mueller III proved 33

30 October 2017 8:26 PM 'House of Cards' cancelled as fallout continues for Spacey

The fallout from Kevin Spacey's response to being accused of alleged sexual assault continued Monday, with the two-time Oscar winner being harshly criticized on social media, the plug pulled on his hit show "House of Cards" and "deeply troubled" producers of the political thriller arriving on set to comfort cast mates. Executives from Netflix and the show's 24

30 October 2017 7:00 PM The biggest news wasn't about Manafort

On Monday morning Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates were charged with 12 counts of money laundering, undisclosed foreign lobbying, lying to government investigators, and various and sundry other serious-sounding offences. Indictments had been telegraphed since news reports on Friday evening mentioned they were signed, sealed and soon-to-be-delivered 14