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2 November 2017 12:00 PM All Blacks face Springboks in 2019 World Cup opener

Favourites New Zealand will begin their quest for a third successive Rugby World Cup title with a heavyweight clash against South Africa at the 2019 tournament in Japan. The All Blacks are scheduled to face their old southern hemisphere foes in Yokohama on September 21, a day after hosts Japan kick off the competition against European qualifiers, likely 654

1 November 2017 11:50 PM Ardern pours cold water on Auckland port expansion, supports fuel tax

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff emerged from their first meeting together in perfect agreement. The pair, who used to work together when Goff was still in parliament, met with Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford to discuss how the Government can work with the Auckland Council 282

1 November 2017 9:18 PM Boy's leg 'cut to the bone' by undie-clad girl's bike prank

A high school student's leg was "cut to the bone" when he was struck by a schoolgirl in underwear riding a dirt bike in an end of year prank that went horribly wrong. It is understood video footage of the accident is now circulating and that the six Waikato Diocesan School schoolgirls involved dropped a GoPro camera at the scene. The victim, a Year 12 boy from Hamilton 265

1 November 2017 7:49 PM Ex-leader Goff meets Labour's PM

Former Labour leader Phil Goff, who was beaten for the chance at becoming prime minister in 2011, has had his first meeting with Jacinda Ardern. Phil Goff has returned to the Beehive to meet with the woman who did what he couldn't - lead Labour into government. The Auckland mayor and former Labour leader is meeting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the first 228

1 November 2017 6:34 PM More sexual harassment accusations leveled against Kevin Spacey

More accusers are saying actor Kevin Spacey sexually harassed or assaulted them. U.S. filmmaker Tony Montana told Radar Online that Spacey "forcefully" grabbed his crotch in 2003 at the Coronet Bar in Los Angeles. He said he moved Spacey's hand away, but he claimed Spacey later followed him into the men's bathroom. Montana said he suffered from PTSD for six months 231

1 November 2017 5:35 PM In meeting, Trump to push a reluctant Xi to rein in North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will further pressure Chinese President Xi Jinping in talks next week to take tougher measures against North Korea, as the United States compiles information for possible new sanctions on Chinese banks working with Pyongyang. Senior administration officials say Trump will try to convince Xi when they meet in Beijing 240

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 234

1 November 2017 6:29 AM The Latest: Prosecutors say Manafort financial reports vary

Federal prosecutors have released new information about Paul Manafort’s financial holdings. The information comes one day after Manafort appeared in court on charges including money laundering and other financial crimes. In a court filing, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says the precise value of Manafort’s assets is hard to quantify 234

31 October 2017 8:05 PM How Close Are Trump and Manafort? They Go Way, Way Back

Now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the White House has already begun to revive its efforts to distance itself from Manafort and play down the role he had on the campaign. Manafort worked on the Trump campaign for five crucial months in 2016, and was its chairman 257

31 October 2017 5:43 PM Hillary Clinton on the conservative media: ‘It appears they don’t know I’m not president’

Hillary Clinton was nowhere near Washington the day charges against President Trump's former campaign chairman were announced and news broke that a former Trump campaign volunteer had pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about meeting with Russian officials. “All the networks except Fox are reporting what’s really going on... It appears they don't 210