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Cancer Inquiry – Alliance Back Down – Scientists On Moratorium – Election Spending – Scott Watson – Zimbabwe – Kosovo – Peru – Rodney – Grand Prix - Golf

CANCER INQUIRY: The lawyer for the retired pathologist at the centre of the Gisborne Cancer inquiry says he will question the retesting of Dr Bottrill’s slides as the Sydney laboratory has more technology.

ALLIANCE BACK DOWN: The Alliance has backed down on its policy of a GE moratorium and is backing a voluntary moratorium. Phillida Bunkle says the alternative to backing down was to hold the government to ransom.

SCIENTISTS ON MORATORIUM: Scientists are concerned that a moratorium on GE trials could put NZ behind the rest of the world. HortResearch say they have confidence in ERMA.

ELECTION SPENDING: The National Party says it stands by how much money it spent during the election campaign. Figures show National spent more than $2 million. John Slater says National spent the money well.

SCOTT WATSON: The Court of Appeal will today here the appeal of Scott Watson against his 17 year non-parole period sentence for the killing of Olivia Hope and Ben Watson..

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe home-steaders have begun to leave their land in the face of continuing threats from Robert Mugabe and violence at the hands of a mob..

KOSOVO: Around 1000 Serbs have crossed a bridge in Mitrovica and attacked a group of Albanians.

PERU: Peruvians are voting for a new President and Congress as a reformer closes in on the incumbent. There are widespread concerns about voting fraud.

RODNEY: Sandra Lee is to announce her decision today on the fate of the Rodney Council. The acting Mayor says the existing council have abandoned plans to appoint new councillors.

GRAND PRIX: Ferrari’s Michael Shumacher has completed a season opening hat-trick with a win in the San Morino Grand Prix.

GOLF: V.J Singh’s lead in the US Masters Golf tournament has been cut to one shot.

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