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National Radio 8am Bulletin

West Coast Logging – Zimbabwe – Crooked Cricket – Sierra Leone – Philippines – Budget – Super Stockexchange – Child Miss-treatment – Waitara Shooting

WEST COAST LOGGING: The Minister responsible for Timberlands says compensation will not be payable if contracts for rimu logging are cancelled. Greens Leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons meanwhile says that the $120 million should be compensation for the end of the Rimu scheme not the lost opportunity of the beech scheme.

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has reaffirmed his support for occupations of white farms while announcing his election manifesto. He says whites who that don’t like that can leave. UK Foreign Minister Robin Cook has responded with an embargo on arms.

CROOKED CRICKET: The International Cricket Council has announced life bans for any players caught with involvement in match fixing. All players and umpires are going to have to sign declarations.

SIERRA LEONE: Seven UN Peace-keepers have been killed in Sierra Leone and 50 UN personnel have been taken hostage. The UN Security Council is meeting at present.

PHILIPPINES: Hostage battles in the Philippines have escalated. In three separate incidents hostages are being held.

BUDGET: The Finance Minister Michael Cullen says he is unlikely to be able to spell out the details of his planned Superannuation Fund in the budget. Dr Cullen is also signalling that there will be $200 million less than expected in the kitty because of a need to shore

SUPER STOCKEXCHANGE: London and Frankfurt stock exchanges have agreed to merge. They have also agreed to create a new JV exchange with the NASDAQ.

CHILD MISS-TREATMENT: Staff at a Manawatu childcare centre accused of miss-treating children say they are appalled at the allegations made against them and want to get out of the profession.

WAITARA SHOOTING: The New Zealand Herald will today seek a ruling in the High Court to allow it to publish the name of the police officer who shot Steven Wallace in Waitara.

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