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Solomons PM Resigns - Fiji Teams Banned - New Drug - Korean Summit - Pope Shooter - Squad Cleared - Mortgage Managers - Auckland Mayors - Battle Lost - Shipley’s Quick Treatment - Aa On Speeding - Ohakea Airbase Proposal

SOLOMONS PM RESIGNS: The Solomon’s Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’ulu has announced his resignation today. Under the constitution the Prime Minister will remain in his post until an election by Parliament tomorrow. Mr. lufa’ulu had been expected to survive a vote of no confidence which would be taken by the Parliament tomorrow. His decision to quit comes after increasing ethnic tensions in the area saw him put under house arrest by members of the Malaitain Eagle Force.

FIJI TEAMS BANNED: The Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has welcomed the Government’s move to ban Fiji sports teams from touring New Zealand. Former anti-Springbok tour leader John Minto has also supported the stand.

NEW DRUG: The Auckland drug squad says it is only a matter of time until the hallucinogenic drug “Yaba” with serious side effects comes into New Zealand from Thailand.

KOREAN SUMMIT: The leaders of North and South Korea have met and exchanged hopes that the two provinces can be reconciled. They are scheduled to meet again today on the second day of the historic reconciliation summit.

POPE SHOOTER: The man who shot Pope John Paul in 1981 in a failed assassination attempt has arrived in Turkey to begin serving a jail term for the murder of a journalist.

SQUAD CLEARED: The Court of Appeal has cleared the Armed Defenders Squad of any wrong doing in searching a flat in Christchurch.

MORTGAGE MANAGERS: A survey has found that people could to more to manage their mortgage more effectively if they considered them to be investments.

AUCKLAND MAYORS: Auckland’s mayors are warning that their region’s needs must be addressed in tomorrow’s budget.

BATTLE LOST: More than 5,000 people who signed a petition to stop housing development on Hawke’s Bay landmark Te Mata Peak lost the battle.

SHIPLEY’S QUICK TREATMENT: Wellington hospital says opposition leader Jenny Shipley received heart treatment as fast as any other patient admitted with an emergency condition.

AA ON SPEEDING: The Automobile Association says the government’s move to lower the speed threshold for ticketing speeding drivers will not target the real offenders.

OHAKEA AIRBASE PROPOSAL: The Manawatu Economic Development Agency Vision Manawatu says it is delighted that the government is taking seriously its proposal to open Ohakea Air Base to commercial and freight aircraft.

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