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  • Rider dies at junior motocross event

    1 June 2014 3:29 AM 10

    A 14-year-old rider has died after crashing at a junior motocross event in north Canterbury. Emergency services were alerted to the accident at 10.50am on Sunday, a St John ambulance spokeswoman said. The male rider crashed during the Michael Godfrey Memorial Motocross event and subsequently died from his injuries, a police spokesman said. The event

  • Greens promise free healthcare for teens

    1 June 2014 2:20 AM 8

    The new policy would mean that every New Zealander under 18 years of age would get fully funded healthcare, following a promise by National in the Budget to expand free visits from under-six year-olds to under-13 year-olds. The new policy was unveiled at the party's annual conference in Lower Hutt this morning, Mrs Turei said the Greens want to invest

  • Taliban Releases U.S. Soldier Held Captive for Five Years--Update

    1 June 2014 1:00 AM 16

    WASHINGTON--Taliban militants in Afghanistan on Saturday handed over Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held as a prisoner of war for almost five years, to U.S. Special Operations Forces in exchange for the release of five Afghan Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison. The breakthrough was brokered by Qatar, which sent representatives to the U.S. military

  • Man in possession of stolen GPS gets arrested after calling police because he is lost

    31 May 2014 10:51 PM 9

    A man who had just stolen a Global Positioning System (GPS) called police because he got lost. Andrew James Joffe didn’t know a warrant had been issued for his arrest on driving offences when he contacted the authorities in Polk City, Florida. The 24-year-old had managed to get lost on rural roads in the early hours of Thursday morning and feared he was being

  • UAE to continue aid to Egypt, sees more stability after Sisi win

    31 May 2014 9:39 PM 5

    By Maha El Dahan and Stanley Carvalho ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates foresees greater stability in Egypt after former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a presidential election last week and will continue to back it financially, the UAE foreign minister said on Saturday. Since the army ousted Egypt's first freely elected president, the Islamist

  • Puerto Rico Breaks Ground on “Sciences Boulevard” Project

    31 May 2014 9:37 PM 10

    Above: a graphic of the planned Sciences Boulevard and City of Sciences project (Photo: OG Puerto Rico) The Sciences Boulevard project began construction on Saturday in Puerto Rico. The project, which includes $16 million in public investment, aims to improve traffic conditions and access on Puerto Rico’s PR-21 road, which will be the main artery to the island’s

  • Horse kicks girl in abdomen

    31 May 2014 8:34 PM 1

    A teenage girl has been flown to hospital with potentially serious injuries after being kicked in the abdomen by a horse. Just before 3.30pm on Saturday, the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter airlifted a 14-year-old Franz Josef Glacier girl from Murchison Hospital through to Nelson Emergency Department after she was kicked in the abdomen by a horse

  • Sudan to release woman facing death penalty for being Christian

    31 May 2014 8:30 PM 4

    A Sudanese official says that Meriam Ibrahim will be released from prison. She was raised a Christian by her mother but a court ruled earlier this month that she is Muslim because that was her father's faith. She was sentenced to death by hanging for renouncing Islam. A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for "converting" to Christianity is expected to be released

  • Veterans recall momentous events of D-Day on Normandy beaches 70 years ago

    31 May 2014 6:38 PM 9

    In the early morning of the of June 6, 1944, the first wave of allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. Operation Overlord was underway. Seventy years after the invasion to liberate France, world leaders will gather in northern France to commemorate D-Day. It is also a very personal time for those who fought and saw their comrades and friends

  • Portugal’s top court again voids government austerity plans

    31 May 2014 6:07 PM 12

    Portugal’s top court has again invalidated government austerity plans, this time ruling that about 1 billion euros in benefit cuts for public employees are discriminatory. The Friday ruling will make it harder still to balance the budget in Portugal, one of the nations at the centre of the eurozone debt crisis. It is not the first time the Constitutional