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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 397

2 November 2017 4:01 PM New York truck attack suspect charged with terrorism offences

New York - Federal prosecutors brought terrorism charges on Wednesday against the Uzbek immigrant accused in the truck rampage that left eight people dead, saying he was spurred to attack by the Islamic State group's online calls to action and picked Halloween because he figured streets would be extra crowded. Even as he lay wounded in the hospital from police 359

2 November 2017 12:02 AM Dirt bike prank father doesn't want charges laid

However the principal of the school where the incident took place does want charges pursued - saying a "strong message" must be sent to young people that reckless behaviour won't be tolerated. Hamilton Boys' High School student Kyle Kirsten suffered a deep gash to his leg when hit by a girl from Waikato Diocesan School on the Boys' High field at lunchtime 111

1 November 2017 9:50 PM No defamation of the dead: Andrew Little wins Hagaman suit

The Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by Earl Hagaman’s estate against Labour MP Andrew Little on the basis that dead people can't be defamed. The late hotelier, Earl Hagaman, had started proceedings back in 2016 after Mr Little made statements that drew a connection between Mr Hagaman’s donations to the National Party and that his hotel chain 86

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 58

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 93

1 November 2017 6:40 AM Macdonald re-marries in Dunedin

Macdonald's ex-wife Anna Guy wasn't present, but said the ceremony was small and attended by Macdonald and Braas' seven children. Guy said she had met Braas briefly on one occasion "for about five minutes, that's it". Blokdyke said she found out about it when her daughter phoned her two days after it happened. "All her brothers and sisters were at my birthday 68

31 October 2017 9:34 PM The Wall: Hubby and wife get simple question wrong

TWO contestants on Seven’s new game show, The Wall, lost big bucks last night when they got this easy question wrong. “The rules are simple: a pair of teammates must try to beat The Wall by answering general knowledge questions. Answer correctly and the balls turn green and fall down The Wall — wherever they land adds money to the team’s winning total 101

31 October 2017 5:32 AM The Soap Box: Ardern and Turnbull set for tough first date

Trans-Tasman Prime Ministerial relations have over the years had their ups and downs. They were at a pretty low ebb when Rob Muldoon ruled the sty and squared off against the lofty Malcolm Fraser. David Lange and boozer Bob Hawke were like red rag to a bull with the Aussie seeing our PM as little more than a Methodist lay preacher. Left footers Jim Bolger 72

31 October 2017 1:27 AM How conservative media reacted to the Mueller indictments

The revelation Monday of charges against three former Trump campaign officials in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into possible Russian influence in American politics delivered a sharp jolt to the news cycle. Anticipation over the arrests had been high for days after news that the first charges in Mueller's investigation were imminent had seeped 87