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National Radio Midday Bulletin

JURY DISCHARGED: A jury at a murder trial at a high court in Auckland has being discharged after a judge called an article by the Herald Newspaper “grossly irresponble reporting”

AIR BASE THREAT: The Defence Minister says airport staff should not be alarmed that he was looking at a report which advocated closing down and selling off most of its air-force bases

KIT RICHARDS: The Prime Minister Helen Clark and the Minister responsible for Timberlands have shrugged off any rumours of a rift with Labour’s West Coast Member of Parliament. The West Coast MP disagrees with the Government’s view that ex-Timberlands executive Kit Richards should not have been rehired by the state-owned-enterprise.

WHANGAREI CAR CRASH: The police say four people killed in a crash near south of Whangarei this early morning might have lived if they had worn their seatbelts.

ARAB:ISRAELI NEGOTIATIONS: Palestinian negotiators are heading to Washington today for a week of talks with Israel on the toughest disputes on the Arab-Israeli conflict.Israel has agreed to transfer another 6.1 per cent of the West Bank to full Palestinian control.

SHOOTING BEFORE POPE’S VISIT: Gunman believed to be Palestinian Millitants have wounded three Israelis in a drive by shooting on the West-Bank on the eve of the Pope’s visit to the area.

UGANDAN DEATH CULT: Ugandan authorities say they have found the bodies of five people which they suspect were murdered by the Ugandan Christian cult that committed mass suicide.

OIL IN SOUTH TARANAKI: An American prospecting company says the discovery of a new south Taranaki oil field which could lead up to 100 million barrels of oil.

DIPLOMAT DIES: The Minister Of Foreign Affairs Phil Goff has paid tribute to New Zealand former New Zealand Ambassador Christopher Beeby who died yesterday.

KIWI KID BILLIONAIRE: A 27 year-old New Zealander is worth close to a billion dollars after a merger between info-tech and and e-commerce companies. However a spokesperson for the New Zealand NBR rich list says the man will not make the New Zealand lists because his company was built up in Australia.

ELECTRICITY INQUIRY: Electricity lines companies have hit back to defend their practices at a Parliamentary select committee saying heavy regulation of the industry were not needed.

US- CHINA DEAL: United States congressional support to a landmark trade deal with China hangs in the balance because of China’s reaction to the recent election of pro-independence candidates.

WANGANUI POLICE WIN: Wanganui Police say a community approach to policing has reduced crime in the area by 40 per cent over the last five years, bucking the national trend.

OSCAR CASE CRACKED: Police have cracked the case of the stolen Oscar awards arresting two port workers after a shipment of the statuettes were found by man scavenging in a rubbish skip behind a supermarket in Los Angeles.

CANADIAN COUPLE COLLECT PRIZE: A Canadian couple have finally collected their $15 million lottery prize after initially being so stunned by their win that they fled the shop.

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