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Cervical Inquiry - Dover Samuels - Fiji Crisis - Flight Aborted - School Fees - Slavery Sentencing - Camp David Talks - Solomon Islands - Waitara Shooting - Education Council Proposed - Health Funding -Coke’s Water

CERVICAL INQUIRY: The Minister Of Health Annette King has met with officials this morning to decide whether the Gisborne cervical cancer screening inquiry due to finish this week, should be given an extension.

- DOVER SAMUELS: A spokesperson for the Police Commissioner Rob Robertson says the investigation into the past of Dover Samuels due this week may not be completed until next week. Meanwhile, Mr Samuels has claimed allegations of his involvement in a rape were released by Helen Clark’s office.

- FIJI CRISIS: - There are conflicting opinions in Fiji as to whether the amnesty for George Speight’s rebels is still in still in effect.

- FLIGHT ABORTED: An aeroplane at Auckland airport has been evacuated after the smell of petrol was noticed in the cargo area.

- SCHOOL FEES: The Wellington community law centre is criticising schools for not making it clear to parents that most school fees at public schools are voluntary.

- SLAVERY SENTENCING: Sentencing in the so-called Wellington slavery case is underway in a Wellington District Court about now.

- CAMP DAVID TALKS: President Clinton has returned home to try to bring a marathon Middle East peace negotiation into its final stages, but the status of the sovereignty of the city of Jerusalem still remains a sticking point.

- SOLOMON ISLANDS: In the Solomon Islands the Malaitan Eagles have staged military operation to recapture the capital Honiara’s water supply.

- WAITARA SHOOTING: Police Commissioner Rob Robinson will receive a report to decide whether charges should be laid against police over the fatal shooting of a Waitara man.

- EDUCATION COUNCIL PROPOSED: The School Trustees Association is welcoming a government proposal looking at replacing the teacher registration board with an education council that has wide-ranging powers.

- HEALTH FUNDING: Convenor of a Public Health Association Conference says the Public Health sector in New Zealand has been underfunded and largely under-recognised for years, but that is changing now.

- STOLEN CAR IMPORTS: The police in Auckland say they are continuing to work with Singapore police on inquiries into the importing of stolen luxury cars to New Zealand.

-COKE’S WATER: The softdrink company Coca-Cola has stopped using water from the Waiuku water supply south of Auckland due to questions about its quality.

- FIJI TOURISM: Airline operator Air Pacific is losing up to 40 per cent of its business because of the crisis in Fiji.

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