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Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand - Newsletter 20/12/14

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:19:04 +1300 | Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand

Our lead story this week chooses itself: the agreement between Cuba and the US, brokered by Canada and the Pope, to move towards better relations, with the reuniting in Cuba of all of The Cuban Five and a US embassy to return to Havana.More >>

Public invited to have say on human rights record

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:20:41 +1300 | Ministry of Justice

A draft report on New Zealand’s performance under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has been released for public comment by the Ministry of Justice.More >>

Five Navy helicopters sold to Peru

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:08:58 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Five Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite helicopters have been sold to Peru, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today. “Our recent purchase of eight new, more sophisticated Seasprite helicopters meant the older model Seasprites were available ...More >>

PNG’s ‘paradox of plenty’ outlined in UN report

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:28:59 +1300 | Massey University

Transferring massive mining industry profits into improving the health, education and wellbeing of a struggling population is a key challenge for Papua New Guinea, says the author of a new UN report.More >>

Top achievers win UC International College scholarships

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:18:21 +1300 | University of Canterbury

UC International College (UCIC) has announced the first two winners of the Navitas Academic Scholarships with Zhang Yuting and Wang Jiang Jun receiving the scholarships at a ceremony at the College yesterday.More >>

LIC announces joint venture with Brazilian distributor

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:38:12 +1300 | Livestock Improvement Corporation

LIC has purchased the majority interest of its Brazilian genetics distributor, NZ Brasil Genetics Producao Animal Ltda. The joint venture (JV) includes exclusive supply of the farmer-owned co-operative’s dairy genetics for an initial period of 10 years, ...More >>

Hamas vs European Council (Case T-400/10) Judgment 17/12/14

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:57 +1300 | European Court

In Case T-400/10, Hamas, based in Doha (Qatar), represented by E L. Glock, lawyer, applicant, against Council of the European Union, represented initially by Messrs. B. Driessen and R. Szostak, and subsequently by. Driessen and G. Étienne, acting ...More >>

Cuba and US decided to establish diplomatic relations

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:48:35 +1300 | Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

Fellow countrymen: since my election as president of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated on many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal ...More >>

TISA text: US threat to privacy, civil rights, data security

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:40:29 +1300 | AFTINET

‘ Leaked US proposals in the Trade in the secret Services (TISA) negotiations include rules that would threaten privacy and civil rights protections for digital personal data’ Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment ...More >>

NZ welcomes US, Cuba announcement

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:37:31 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed this morning’s announcement that the United States and Cuba intend to re-establish diplomatic relations after 53 years. More >>

Kiwi Author explores Russia’s depths in times of trouble

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:19 +1300 | Herodotus Press

For many Russia is an enigma, but for author, translator Peter D Campbell, understanding Russia became a challenge he wanted to crack. The 31 year old Australian-New Zealand journalist has spent over five years living in Russia – first visitingRussia when ...More >>

Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:24:52 +1300 | Professor Jane Kelsey

‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland.More >>

Cuban Five Are Now All Free | Julie Webb-Pullman

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:03:03 +1300 | Julie Webb-Pullman

Cubans - and many others around the world - are jubilantly celebrating the return to Cuba on Wednesday of Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero, the final three members of the Cuban Five to be released from US prisons, in a prisoner ...More >>

India research projects win Asia NZ Foundation funding

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:23 +1300 | Asia New Zealand Foundation

Two New Zealand academics will undertake fieldwork in India next year after being awarded funding by the Asia New Zealand Foundation. More >>

Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:50:35 +1300 | New Zealand Police

The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning.More >>

Protest at killing of schoolboys - Vigil 17/12/14

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:56:52 +1300 | West Papua Action Auckland

A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014. More >>

Minister receives Whitehead report

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:25:06 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has now received the report on the Ministerial Inquiry - Events surrounding the request for waiver of the diplomatic immunity of a Malaysian Defence Attaché. More >>

Applications - 2015 Pacific Writer’s Residency

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:06:44 +1300 | Fulbright NZ

Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand invite applications for the 2015 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency, which offers a mid-career or senior New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage the opportunity to work for three months on a ...More >>

Minister visiting Fiji to renew Defence ties

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:06:18 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee will visit Fiji today in an initial move towards rebuilding defence co-operation and engagement between New Zealand and Fiji. More >>

Martin Place Siege

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:36:31 +1300 | Prime Minister of Australia

Australians awoke to the news this morning that the siege in Martin Place has ended. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded and the other hostages.More >>


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