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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Fiji Coup – Solomon Islands – Weather – Employment Bill – Electricity – Syria – Working Visas – Defence - Aids

FIJI COUP: George Speight has warned that any other threats to Mr Speight’s life could result in harm to the hostages. Yesterday his car was shot at as it passed through an army checkpoint.

SOLOMON ISLANDS: There are fears in the Solomon Islands that a special Parliament on Thursday may be called off if arms are not returned.

WEATHER: Police are warning drivers in the South Island and Lower North Island about treacherous road conditions. Several roads are closed in both islands. It is snowing on the Rimutaka Hills.

EMPLOYMENT BILL: Labour Minister Margaret Willson says that changes are needed to the Employment Relations Bill to accommodate changes to the labour market over the last decade.

ELECTRICITY: The National Party is predicting that the Electricity Inquiry will please neither the industry or consumers.

SYRIA: The US wants the new President of Syria to open up the country to the world and to follow in his father’s steps towards negotiating a lasting peace in the Middle East.

WORKING VISAS: The Tourism Industry Association says that the increase in the number of working visas will significantly boost the tourism industry.

DEFENCE: The PM has assured the Defence Forces – in a speech to the RSA - that it will continue to be trained for combat and not just for peace-keeping.

AIDS: More than 1430 people have HIV in NZ and of these 700 have AIDS. Most of these are homosexual men and heterosexuals infected overseas.

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