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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Fiji Coup – Conviction Compensation – Quit Smoking – Middle East Peace – Northern Ireland – Cancer Inquiry – Grant Gillon – Bankline – Driver Jailed

FIJI COUP: Fiji coup rebel leader George Speight says the exclusion zone now in place around the Fijian Parliamentary complex is something that belongs in a war zone like Lebanon and not in Fiji.

CONVICTION COMPENSATION: A man who was wrongly convicted of child abuse may be the first to receive compensation says Justice Minister Phil Goff.

QUIT SMOKING: The Smokefree Maori Coalition says that money for Maori stop smoking programmes will be well spent and will be used effectively.

MIDDLE EAST PEACE: Israeli and Palestinian leaders are to meet near Washington next week – at Camp David – in a high risk strategy to find a final peace settlement. President Clinton says there are no easy solutions but they will not become easier over time.

NORTHERN IRELAND: Huge steel barricades have been erected in Drumcree following the third night of violence as part of the Orange Men’s marching season.

CANCER INQUIRY: Cancer Inquiry hears that the percentage of Maori women enrolled in cervical screening is too low and needs to be increased.

GRANT GILLON: Alliance MPs have rallied around Alliance MP Grant Gillon. National and Act have tried to force him to step down over comments concerning Tory males and bestiality.

BANKLINE: A banking hotline has been launched by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to receive complaints on bank fees and mortgage rates.

DRIVER JAILED: The NZ driver of a coach which crashed near Paris has received a short jail term.

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