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Martin Doyle cartoon: An enduring billboard

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:30:46 +1200 | Martin Doyle

If the claim that MFAT staff ignored instructions and allowed the Malaysian diplomat to flee New Zealand, the very least Murray McCully could do is struggle long and loud to get him back to face justice in our Courts. We've had promises from everyone ...More >>

Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:58:52 +1200 | Ed Husain

Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism: ISIS Atrocities Started With Saudi Support for Salafi Hate By Ed Husain 29 August, 2014 More >>

Muslims Dedicating Friday Sermons for Safety of Minorities

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:46:05 +1200 | Mike Ghouse

Muslims to Dedicate Friday Sermons for the Safety of Christians, Yazidis, Shia and Other Minorities By Mike Ghouse 20 August, 2014 More >>

Gujarat Model of Harmony: Water Thicker Than Blood

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:40:01 +1200 | Zahid Qureshi

The water in the cistern at Futi Masjid in Dariapur has not tasted sweeter in over 500 years of its existence. Had it not been for AMC's decision to cut off water supply to Central and North Zones for two days -- due to ongoing work to merge water supply ...More >>

Four city trade mission to Indonesia sets out

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:59:46 +1200 | ExportNZ

The mission organized by Export NZ and the ASEAN NZ Business Council is with the strong support of NZ Trade and Enterprise in Indonesia and is led by Sir Ken Stevens and New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor. Indonesia's Ambassador to ...More >>

UN:In Bali, role of young people in building peaceful future

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:55:51 +1200 | UN News

28 August 2014 – Addressing a youth forum in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the role of young people in building a peaceful, sustainable future and encouraged them to be solid global citizens and leaders of today.More >>

First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:39:55 +1200 | Syrian Solidarity NZ

Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible ...More >>

Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:30:53 +1200 | Pacific Collective

Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special relationship between Samoa ...More >>

UN: Syria’s war threatens international peace and security

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:32:07 +1200 | UN News

27 August 2014 – Mass atrocities by Government forces and non-State armed groups continue to take place in Syria, causing immeasurable suffering to civilians and contributing to a spillover of violence affecting international peace and stability, ...More >>

Using Egyptian crossing, UN convoy brings food aid to Gaza

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:23:25 +1200 | UN News

Using Egyptian crossing for first time in seven years, UN convoy brings food aid to Gaza More >>

UN reports improved humanitarian access to Syria

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:19:21 +1200 | UN News

28 August 2014 – For the first time in six months, there has been some improvement recently on humanitarian access to Syria, but much more needs to be done by the parties to the conflict to ensure rapid and unhindered access to people in need, a senior ...More >>

What to Do About ISIS

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:14:35 +1200 | David Swanson

Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and ...More >>

Ban alarmed by ‘dangerous escalation’ in Ukraine crisis

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:10:47 +1200 | UN News

28 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is alarmed by what seems to be a “dangerous escalation” in the crisis in Ukraine with reports of intensified fighting in the country south-east near the border with Russia, as the Security Council ...More >>

Ban, Security Council deplore detention of UN peacekeepers

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:02:40 +1200 | UN News

28 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today strongly condemned the detention of United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, ...More >>

Ebola caseload could exceed 20,000 in course of emergency

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:59:28 +1200 | UN News

28 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization ( WHO ) has issued a roadmap that aims to stop Ebola transmissions within six to nine months, but acknowledges the actual number of cases may be much higher than that currently reported and the ...More >>

John Kerry Makes a Deal

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:56:06 +1200 | David Swanson

Barry! Barr -er Mr. President, I got Congress out in the parking lot looking at the new SUVs. I'm pushing the missile strikes on the Syrian government hard, but just a few little ones, and then ka-blam we get em with the whole package deal, 800 vehicles ...More >>

Outsourcing out, Collaboration in

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:29:46 +1200 | India New Zealand Business Council

Kiwi companies have been called to scale-up in collaboration with the services of Indian ICT companies. That was the mantra that a visiting Indian delegation of IT companies from India shared with local businesses.More >>

Funding boost for Asian languages an important step

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:25:47 +1200 | Asia New Zealand Foundation

The newly announced government fund, worth $10 million over five years, will enable schools to establish new Chinese, Japanese and Korean language programmes, or to expand existing ones. More >>

NZ aviation experts improving airfield safety in Vanuatu

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:50:11 +1200 | GroupEAD

Just a stone’s throw from Vanuatu’s tiny Lonorore Airport, on Pentecost Island, an ancient ‘’land diving” tradition is attracting worldwide interest in this remote corner of the Pacific. Accessing this remote spot, however, is notoriously ...More >>

NZ provides further aid to Iraq

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:15:00 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to support humanitarian efforts by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Iraq. More >>


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