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National Radio 8am Bulletin

PM On Waitara – Indonesian Tsunami - The Love Bug – GM Experiments – Spectrum – Philippines – Sierra Leone – Lockerbie Trial – Birth Rate - Cottontails

PM ON WAITARA: The PM says there needs to be a debate on the policy police have when shooting offenders. Helen Clark says she would like a debate on whether they should shoot at the chest.

INDONESIAN TSUNAMI: Latest reports from Indonesia say 16 are dead after an earthquake and Tsunami struck in Sulawesi. The earthquake measured 6.5 on the richter scale.

THE LOVE BUG: A computer virus called the love bug has been attacking computers all over the world. It has affected the CIA, The Pentagon, Ford and Time Warner.

GM EXPERIMENTS: ERMA says it is confident its latest crackdown on GM research projects will flush out remaining unauthorised GM experiments from research institutions. All projects found have been low risk.

SPECTRUM: The government is offering a discount for Maori purchasers of one of four blocks of 2Ghz spectrum.

PHILIPPINES: The Philippines Defence Secretary says hostage takers have moved the hostages and split them into five groups.

SIERRA LEONE: Negotiations are continuing in Sierra Leone over 70 UN hostages. The hostage taker is accusing the UN of provoking fighting and is denying holding any hostages.

LOCKERBIE TRIAL: The 2nd day of the Lockerbie Trial has heard vivid evidence of the carnage on the ground. The prosecution is laying out the full horror of what happened. Witnesses report seeing bits of the plane falling out of the sky.

BIRTH RATE: Student debt is being given a reason for a fall in births. The fertility rate has fallen below replacement levels.

COTTONTAILS: The Manawatu Child Care centre accused of miss-treating children is taking legal advice on the allegations made against it.

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