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Goff To Solomons - Fiji Sugar Strike - Road Safety - Lyprinol Case - Journalist Murdered - Microsoft Anti-Trust Ruling - Microsoft Ruling In NZ - Welcome Home - Balance Of Trade Improves

GOFF TO SOLOMONS: The Minister of Foreign Affairs Phil Goff has said he will continue to go with a ministerial team to Honiara despite the resumption heavy fighting between rival militias. The group have rescheduled their plans and are now flying to Fiji first, arriving in the Solomons one day later than originally planned in the hope that events will calm down.

FIJI SUGAR STRIKE: The Fiji sugar corporation says 1000 employees will be sent home on Monday if the harvesting of sugar does not resume. Over half the country’s cane farmers have boycotted harvesting sugar cane in protest at George Speight’s military coup.

ROAD SAFETY: A dedicated highway patrol within the police along with more money for accident prevention are part of a Government package to increase road traffic safety and enforcement.

LYPRINOL CASE: A lawyer acting for those who were involved in the sale of the green lipped mussel extract lyprinol says the businesses concerned will fight charges leveled against them by the New Zealand Health Department.

JOURNALIST MURDERED: The I-Magazine editor says his staff are shocked at the tragic death of murdered 23-year-old Kylie Jones who died from stab wounds in a Glen Innes park.

MICROSOFT ANTI-TRUST RULING: The chairman of Microsoft Bill Gates has vowed his company will appeal a US court decision to split up the company in to two segments.

MICROSOFT RULING IN NZ: The New Zealand computer society says the US breakup will ultimately benefit home users and businesses here.

WELCOME HOME: Five hundred and sixty soldiers who have returned from East Timor are marching down the streets of Palmerston North for an official welcoming home parade.

BALANCE OF TRADE IMPROVES: The difference between what New Zealand buys and sells in the world continues to improve with the Balance of Payments deficit decreasing after strong exports sales.

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