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Sentence Appealed - Territorial Claim - Border Alert - Aboriginal Protests - Matrimonial Reform - Blakie Inquiry - Electoral Committee - Airforce Search - Casino Challenge - Ferrs Wheel - Dunedin Sentence - NZQA Rulings - Italy Explosion - Cylcone Devisation - Spy Machine Stolen

SENTENCE APPEALED: The man given a minimum non parole period of thirteen years behind bars for the 1997 murder of Beverly Bouma has claimed his sentence is unlawful. The man claims that the crime was committed before the passing of the strict Home Invasion law amendments.

TERRITORIAL CLAIM:The Chief of Staff of the New Zealand Army is playing down claims that it is facing problems with employers who refuse to give Territorials time off .

BORDER ALERT: New Zealand’s border control is on alert following the notification of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Korea and a possibly Japan

ABORIGINAL PROTESTS: Australian Aboriginal leaders say they will escalate protests in Sydney over the 2000 Olympics after a Senator’s submission to a committee which denied the importance of the stolen generation.

MATRIMONIAL REFORM: The Reform of the Matrimonial Property Act is to be introduced to parliament today, despite claims from National that the Act has serious flaws.

BLAKIE INQUIRY: The police team investigating the Lisa Blakie homicide say they will continue investigating a Darfield house of a man who has admitted picking up the woman.

ELECTORAL COMMITTEE: New Zealand First is the only Parliamentary political-party not to be represented on a committee looking at a review of MMP, after it decided to boycott the committee because a dispute on its makeup.

AIRFORCE SEARCH: An Air-force Orion is brought in to investigate three people missing of the Bay Of Plenty Coast, after they failed to return from a fishing expedition yesterday.

CASINO CHALLENGE: A legal challenge has begun in a High Court in Hamilton after the Casino’s Authority granted a Casino license to a company that has been opposed by residents.

FERRS WHEEL: A legal challenge has begun after a man and his young son fell from a ferris wheel at a school fair over the weekend after the wheel went out of control.

DUNEDIN SENTENCE: A Dunedin woman who admitted being a party to the murder of a man outside a murder in Wigram was sentenced to life imprisonment.

NZQA RULINGS: The Qualifications Authority has canceled the exam results of nearly two thirds of candidates who were interviewed for examination misconduct.

OIL SLICK: Two companies have admitted responsibility for an oil spill in a conservation area last year, a breach of the Resource Management Act. Sentencing will be later this year and the fine is a maximum of $200,000.

ITALY EXPLOSION: Four people are reported dead and another ten are injured in an explosion in northern Italy thought to be caused by a gas leak.

CYLCONE DEVISATION: A cyclone is causing devastation in northern Australia in the city of Townsville.

SPY MACHINE STOLEN: A code machine at the centre of one of the great stories of the Second World War has been stolen from a British museum.

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