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Incis Sale - Avalanche – Nquest - Iranian Elections - Tertiary Think-Tank -
Rape And Kidnap - Body In River - Lisa Blakie Inquiry - Kosovo Troops - India Bombing - Hit Squad - Powerline Sabotage

INCIS SALE: Police are worried by the Government’s announcement that it may sell mainframe computer used to run INCIS, and upgrade the Wanganui computer. Police say the move could leave them back to square one, with both systems temporary off-line while the Wanganui computer was upgraded.

AVALANCHE: Police in Japan are using a specially trained dog and explosives to help find three New Zealanders who were buried by an avalanche while snow-boarding in northern Japan.

INQUEST - The effect of rationed health resources on the care of the elderly has come under the spotlight at a Wellington inquest this morning.

IRANIAN ELECTIONS: Iran is undergoing a political transformation with the liberal pro-refomers taking over 60 percent of the seats in the national election. Vote counting continues.

TERTIARY THINK-TANK: The Government wants public comment on the think tank that will decide the forms tertiary institutions will take in the future.

RAPE AND KIDNAP: The police in the investigation of a rape and kidnap of a Papatoetoe woman say a language barrier is slowing their investigation. Both the woman and her partner were from Iran and their two flatmates are Chinese and speak no English.

BODY IN RIVER: A homicide investigation has begun after a body was found yesterday in the Wanganui river. Police say while they can’t yet tell how the person died, there are strong signs that foul play was involved.

LISA BLAKIE INQUIRY: The Lisa Blakie inquiry team say information from the public is crucial in tracking down the woman’;s killer. The police want to hear from anyone who stopped near the bridge near where Ms Blakie was found, they also wish to speak to the driver of a black Mitsubishi parked in the area.

KOSOVO TROOPS: In Kosovo Group 7 troops from several countries have fanned out in a the divided city of Mitrovica to control widespread disorder sparking furious reaction from the town’s Serb community.

INDIA BOMBING: In India 22 police officers have been killed by a landmine in the province of Madhya Pradesh, suspected to be the work of the People’s War Group. The group says it aims to advance the state of the poor and downtrodden.

HIT SQUAD: A deposition hearing on the charges of five people who are accused to have been responsible for a hit on a Pukekoe man. They each face aggravated robbery and burglarly charges as well as charges for grievous bodily harm.

POWERLINE SABOTAGE: The trial of the Methven farmer accused of sabotaging powerlines in Southland began today.

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