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President Issues Warning To Citizens Re Floyd - The US President has ordered more federal assistance for the states lying in the path of what could be the worst storm to strike the USA this century. 3.5 million people are involved in the US’s largest peacetime evacuations. Hurricane Floyd is bearing down on North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. President Clinton, speaking from Hawaii on his way home from New Zealand, has warned Americans of Floyd’s awesome power: “I hope every citizen will heed the warnings of the officials and the recommendations to take every action to protect their families and stay out of harm’s way. Meanwhile we will continue to take extraordinary measures to protect lives and property from Hurricane Floyd.” The hurricane is expected to hit the east coast of the USA later today NZ Time.

Indonesian Spy In Canberra - Australian authorities are investigating information that a senior Canberra official was working as a spy for Indonesia. Australian Financial Revue said the official was recruited by Indonesian intelligence. The revue says the official works near the top of a specified Canberra policy making department, but as yet they haven’t been able to identify him from a small list of suspects.

Militia Suspects in Darwin - In Darwin, Australian authorities will this morning begin questioning five suspected East Timorese militia group members. The men and their families were separated from other East Timorese refugees after arriving on the last evacuation aircraft from Dili. A total of 12 people were detained after being pointed out by other refugees.

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Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

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Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

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Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

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Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

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Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>

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