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2 November 2017 5:08 PM Former Trump campaign chair, aide due back in court Thursday on Russia probe charges

Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort called prosecutors’ characterization of the case against him “embellished” and filled with “loose talk” before a scheduled return to federal court Thursday afternoon, three days after being arraigned on charges brought by the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. A federal judge is expected 1

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

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 10:05 AM What Is Happening on Manus Island? The Detainee Crisis Explained

Tensions over the migrants have grown since the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea agreed in April to close the site by Oct. 31. On Tuesday, water and electricity to the camp were shut off, and detainees were supposed to move to temporary housing in Lorengau, a city close by on the island. Many of the men refused, citing previous attacks by residents 27

2 November 2017 6:19 AM U.N. refugee commissioner says Australia must stop 'unfolding humanitarian crisis' in PNG

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said Australia must take immediate action to stop an “unfolding humanitarian emergency” that sees 600 asylum seekers barricaded inside an abandoned detention center in Papua New Guinea without food or running water. The detainees in the Manus Island Centre have for two days defied attempts by Australia 2

1 November 2017 9:11 PM Asylum seekers barricaded in Papua New Guinea camp call for aid

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asylum seekers refusing to leave a detention centre in Papua New Guinea began digging wells on Thursday to try find water as their food supplies dwindled, in a stand-off that human rights groups warn could become a humanitarian crisis. Australia and PNG are trying to close the Manus Island centre, one of two remote Pacific camps that Canberra 26

1 November 2017 1:31 AM A Mangled School Bus, Bodies Everywhere; ‘It Was Surreal’

“These people were gone,” he said. “I’m in shock. I’m looking at dead bodies.” At least eight people lost their lives in what was the deadliest terrorist attack to strike New York City since Sept. 11, and about a dozen more were injured. Hiro Kimura, 15, a sophomore at Stuyvesant High School, said that he and his friends first heard “a big car crash 20

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

28 October 2017 9:54 PM Lotto split four ways

Strike Four might have rolled over, but that hasn't stopped four Lotto players striking it lucky. Saturday night's draw saw four lucky punters split first division, each taking home a cool $250,000. The winning tickets were sold at Alfriston Dairy in Manurewa, Auckland; Pak'nSave New Plymouth, Shakespeare Rd Mini Mart in Napier and Mac's Photo and Lotto 6

28 October 2017 6:06 AM As Mattis promises ‘massive military response’ to North Korea strike, threat of artillery hangs over Seoul

SEOUL — Speaking after a meeting with senior South Korean defense officials on Saturday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered unequivocal support for American allies in the face of threats from North Korea. “Make no mistake,” Mattis told reporters after the meeting, “any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear 2