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Aussie Defence Relations - Middle East Peace - Road Safety - Michael Irving Payout - James Cook Letter - Cuban Boy

AUSSIE DEFENCE RELATIONS: Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer says the overall size of NZ's defence force is more important than whether we buy the US F16s. Max Bradford says that Australian officials a privately far more upset.

MIDDLE EAST PEACE: Peace talks between Israel and Syria have been postponed as the two countries remain divided over the Golen Heights. Syria says it is irritated at manuevres over the land for peace deal.

ROAD SAFETY: The Government has ordered a select committee inquiry into the road safety because the fall in the road toll has flattened out.

MICHAEL IRVING PAYOUT: The Association of University Staff says it is inappropriate that a large payout has been made to the departing vice chancellor equivalent apparently to the entire pay rise being offered to 1300 Victoria University staff. State Services Minister Trevor Mallard is calling on Victoria University to disclose the size of the payout to Michael Irving.

JAMES COOK LETTER: A letter signed by Captain James Cook has been sold at auction for $57,000. The letter was purchased by an Australian company Hordern House.

CUBAN BOY: Cuba's Foreign Minister has spoken to the pope about Elian Gonzales the boy at the center of a row between the US and Cuba.

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