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National Radio 8am Bulletin

People Smuggling – Dairy Merger – Chemical Poisoning – Srebrenica – Iran Bomb – MMP Reform – Police Review – Meningitis – Mozambique – Southerly Blast – Americas Cup

PEOPLE SMUGGLING: The police say they believe they have identified all the top people in an international crime syndicate based in Auckland that has been smuggling people. Police are now working on identifying people involved in the syndicate overseas – particularly

DAIRY MERGER: Kiwi chairman John Young says he is not confident that bringing in a mediator will help resolve the dispute between his company and the New Zealand Dairy Group.

CHEMICAL POISONING: A panel of experts working for OSH has found that a man was poisoned several years ago by 24D sprayed on his farm from a helicopter. Mr Newman is one of eight people with

SREBRENICA: UN prosecutors have started the prosecution of a Serbian accused of the genocide of thousands of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.

IRAN BOMB: Mortar bombs slammed into part of Tehran near a army base in a second instance of post-election terrorism. Responsibility for the attack has been claimed by an Iraq based group.

MMP REFORM: As Parliament makes steps towards setting up a review of MMP National has accused the Government of taking a dictatorial approach to the issue of electoral reform.

POLICE REVIEW: The government’s decision to axe the police review is being seen by senior staff as an opportunity to address future police needs.

MENINGITIS: The institute of environmental science says another year of declining incidence of meningitis could indicate the beginning of the end of an epidemic. The epidemic peaked in 1989.

MOZAMBIQUE: The known death toll from Mozambique’s floods has reached 500 but is expected to skyrocket in coming weeks and months.

SOUTHERLY BLAST: The southerly front moving up the country has disrupted Tranzrail ferry crossings of the Cook Strait.

AMERICAS CUP: The Auckland City Council says it will explore ways of making it easier for families to visit Americas Cup crews and for their children to attend school.

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