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FIJI COUP: Army Takes Over - Steve Christiansen Reports - Q & A - NZ Reaction - OTHER NEWS: Team NZ Defection - Crusaders Welcomed Home - Fire Service Criticism - Snakes Alive - Mystery Man - Children's Air Fares

FIJI COUP - ARMY TAKES OVER: The Army has taken over but George Speight is still not impressed. In the last hour the army has agreed to revoke the constitution. The country is under martial law. Hopes they would be freed today were dashed.

FIJI COUP - STEVE CHRISTIANSEN: Heavily armed soldiers take over checkpoints throughout the city. George Speight says he is waiting to see the proper decrees issued and then he will give up the hostages.. The army commander says he has assumed power with much reluctance because of a lack of security. A policeman was murdered late on Sunday which led to the army's move. People today moved freely in and out of Parliament's gates.

FIJJI COUP - Q&A: This is confusing isn't it? The iron fist of the army seems more like a velvet glove. There are no roadblocks outside Parliament. People appear to be able to come and go. Is it safe? A few days ago I would have said so - but not anymore here in Suva. People thinking of coming here should seriously think again.

FIJI COUP - NZ: The government says that martial law is the lesser of the evils so far. PM Helen Clark says that the army should have moved to isolate Parliament quicker. Foreign Minister Phil Goff says that people will feel more secure that the army is patrolling the streets and not Speight's thugs. The government is also not impressed with Maori who are travelling to Fji to support the coup. The PM has also criticised trade sanctions. Don McKinnon says that the best sanctions are the sort that hit coup leaders personally.

TEAM NZ DEFECTION: Designer Laurie Davidson has quit Team NZ to join a North American syndicate. The team still believes it is okay. Davidson is a hull designer. Commentator says Team NZ will now have its back to the law. Davidson is getting big money. Team NZ has managed to re-sign some of its crew today.

CRUSADERS WELCOME HOME: The Crusaders are welcomed home to Christchurch by tens of thousands. There is one crowd favourite. "Toddy, Toddy, Toddy." Todd says he is really happy with the welcome home. So does Mark Robinson. Lots of fans favourtie is Andrew Mehrtens. After the parade the cleanup begins.

FIRE SERVICE CRITICISM: The Fire Service is criticised for not supervising fire fighters adequately in the Ernest Adams factory fire.

SNAKES ALIVE: A python is found in railway sleepers at a garden center,

MYSTERY MAN: A mystery man in Auckland has been identified by TV3 viewers as being from Chirstchurch.

CHILDREN'S FARES: Both major airlines have decided to drop the age limit for children from 14 to 12. Air NZ and Ansett says all they are doing is making their prices consistent with international norms. Neither airline would appear on camera.

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