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The UN peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea today called on both sides to show maximum restraint after a shooting incident in the border area where the two countries fought a two-year war that ended in 2000.
2: Disgraced Former FDA Official Marketing Lilly Drug
As a 33-year-old Wall Street insider known for recommending hot medical stocks, many were surprised when physician Scott Gottlieb was named FDA deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs in 2005.
3: Pakistan's Former PM Benazir Bhutto Assassinated
Pakistan's former PM Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday at a campaign rally just two weeks before parliamentary elections. Police and aides say a suicide bomber fired gunshots at Ms. Bhutto just moments before blowing himself up.
4: Dennis Kucinich: On The Death Of Benazir Bhutto
"This terrible tragedy also underscores the need for the US to adopt a new foreign policy toward the entire region because our current policy is all wrong. Our interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan has opened wide the doors of repression and violence."
5: Wild Oats XI Wins 2007 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Bob Oatley's 98-foot super-maxi Wild Oats XI, with Mark Richards as skipper, crossed the finish in Hobart at 10:24am local time to take line honours for the third consecutive year. The yacht's elapsed time was 1 day, 21 hrs, 24 mins.
6: New Research Into Aged-Care Will Assist With Needs
The research will repeat longitudinal studies run in 1988, 1993 and 1998 and will primarily explore the rate of institutionalisation of older people in the Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Board regions.
7: Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto -- Secretary Rice
US State Department
On behalf of the United States, I want to express our deepest sympathy on the tragic death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. We extend our sincere condolences to the Bhutto family and to the families of others who were killed and wounded.
8: Qantas Strikes Likely To Effect Holiday Plans
House of Travel
Qantas has acknowledged that the proposed strike would seriously effect their operations. Industrial action is planned by about 1,700 Qantas engineers by taking four hour stoppages from 9 January 2008.
9: Benazir Bhutto's Death Felt Keenly In Kabul
Radio Free Europe
The death of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in an apparent suicide attack outside the capital, Islamabad, has shaken the country's political landscape and underscored the threat that politically motivated violence poses in the region.
10: New Zealand Air Games Takes Off Over Wanaka
More than 100 pilots from 10 different air sports competed in the skies over Lake Wanaka in front of thousands of spectators, both on the airfield and live over the Internet. Highlights included top acrobatic pilot, Jurgis Kairys.
11: Wotif: Top Destinations Booked For New Years Eve
Wotif.com has announced that Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are the most popular destinations in NZ for New Year's Eve. The Total bookings for New Zealand's cities rival domestic leisure destination bookings for the same period.
12: Assassination Of Benzair Bhutto - PM Helen Clark
Office of the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she was deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the cowardly assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a former Prime Minister and a leading contender in Pakistan's forthcoming Parliamentary elections.
13: Tariana Turia: The Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto
The Maori Party
"It is the most tragic of ironies - that no matter what one thinks about her political aspirations, that she would lose her life as a victim of the senseless violence she was determined to oppose".
14: President George W. Bush Signs H.R. 2764 Into Law
The White House
"Today, I signed into law H.R. 2764, legislation that will fund the Federal Government within the reasonable and responsible spending levels I proposed -- without raising taxes and without the most objectionable policy changes considered by the Congress."
15: Bon Jovi Guitar Raised $1000's For Child Cancer NZ
Child Cancer Foundation
Capital C: Concerts, the rock group BON JOVI, VISA Entertainment and Classic Hits Radio have delivered a seasonal cheer by announcing that a Fender Guitar signed by the four band members was successfully auctioned on Trademe.
16: Top Scoop Stories - 28 December 2007 News Summary
The Scoop Editor
Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated / $1.5m Per Month For Corrections Consultants / Didymo / Earthquakes Vs. Communications Blackouts / Federated Farmers New Branding / Top New Years Destinations / Top Female Surfers.
17: RadioWorks Acquires Marlborough Stations
RadioWorks, a MediaWorks Company, is to acquire the Blenheim based Marlborough Media radio business. Marlborough Media owns and operates Sounds FM in Blenheim, Picton and Kaikoura, as well as Easy FM in Blenheim and Picton.
18: Next Quake May Result In Communications Blackout
BayCity Communications says that the recent earthquake in Gisborne demonstrates that satellite communications will be a vital component in re-establishing communication links in areas isolated by natural disaster such as earthquake, flooding or tsunami.
19: British Foreign Sec On The Death Of Benazir Bhutto
"I am deeply shocked by news of the latest attack in Rawalpindi which has claimed the life of Benazir Bhutto and killed at least 15 other people. My thoughts and sincere condolences go to Ms Bhutto's family at this terrible time..."
20: Bhutto Assassination Condemned -- John Key MP
New Zealand National Party
National Party Leader John Key today condemned the assassination of Pakistan's opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. "This disgraceful act of terrorism must be condemned in the strongest possible terms," he says. "It strikes at the heart of democracy."
21: UN Urges Calm In Wake Of Pakistan Terrorist Attack
Condemning the deadly terrorist attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least a dozen others in the northern city of Rawalpindi, the United Nations Security Council today called on all Pakistanis to show restraint.
22: Former Pakistan PM Bhutto Killed In Suicide Attack
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a suicide attack as she was leaving a political rally in the city of Rawalpindi. At least 20 people died in the attack, local reports say. The attack has been condemned internationally.
23: Feeling A Lot Like Victory -- Over Aspartame
Mission Possible International
Think Before You Drink is the life-saving theme of Phoenix Organics anti-aspartame campaign. They're backing their words with 20,000 free bottles of Cola labeled with the truth about this poisonous sweetener, the ingredient in Diet Coke and thousands ...
24: Bob Hecht: Fragments Of An Antiquities Conspiracy?
Hugh Eakin’s recent "Treasure Hunt" story in The New Yorker profiling Marion True, the former Getty curator on trial in Rome for conspiracy to traffic in ancient art, devotes a column to True’s 1991 paper on the destruction of ancient cultural sites, ...
25: Life Of Tragedy: Former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto
Ms. Bhutto was the daughter of the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Her mother was of Kurdish and Iranian origins. Her father was hanged after he was deposed in a 1977 military coup by General Zia al-Huq.
26: Cooling Towers In CBD & High Legionella Count
Auckland City Council
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has advised Auckland City Council that routine tests of several air conditioning cooling towers in buildings in the CBD have identified a high legionella count in one of these buildings.
27: Explosion In Highest Paid Education Ministry Staff
New Zealand National Party
The number of staff earning the highest salaries in the Ministry of Education has increased almost four-fold in the past five years, says National's Education spokeswoman, Katherine Rich.
28: 51 Nominations Received For 2007 Halberg Awards
Lindenberg and Partners
Outstanding performances by New Zealanders on the world stage during the year resulted in 51 nominations being considered for the 2007 Westpac Halberg Awards. The awards salute outstanding achievement by Kiwis in sport both at home and abroad.
29: Assassination Of Pakistan's Former PM Bhutto
New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister Winston Peters said he was deeply shocked and saddened by the news earlier today of the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. "This is a terrible and cowardly act and those responsible must be held accountable."
30: New book to help pharmacists
Established pharmacists as well as those studying to gain their qualifications will benefit from a new book which focuses on pharmaceutical care in New Zealand.