Fiji Coup – Baby Bashing – Magic Mussels – World Cup – Health Reforms – Cancer Inquiry – Peace Keeper Killed in East Timor– Queen Mother – Kashmir – All Blacks
FIJI COUP: The Fiji Army is boosting its strength on the Northern Island of Vanua Levu following a night of violence. An army spokesman says that rebels fired on a patrol which then fired back injuring one rebel. The rebel later died on the way to hospital. In a second incident rebels injured a sugar cane farmer.
BABY BASHING: The latest child abuse cases have sparked calls for urgent changes to Maori social services. The Maori Women’s Welfare League wants services that existed 40 years ago to be reinstated.
MAGIC MUSSELS: The Medical Association and some others think that the sellers of Lyprinol should be fined far more than the $5000 they have been fined.
WORLD CUP: FIFA has agreed that from 2010 the World Cup finals should rotate among the six continental federations. The President of FIFA also said that the 2006 decision was final and would not be changed. The executive has extended the Auckland Kingz participation in Australia for a further three years.
HEALTH REFORMS: Labour MP John Tamihere has changed his mind on not supporting the Government’s health reforms. The Attorney General has indicated that the bill will be changed before it is passed.
CANCER INQUIRY: The Gisborne Cancer Inquiry enters its closing stages today with several more witnesses to be called, including some from the Ministry of Health.
EAST TIMOR: A Bangladeshi peace-keeper has been killed while clearing mines near the East Timor capital of Dili.
QUEEN MOTHER: The Queen Mother is celebrating her 100th birthday today – starting with the delivery of a letter from her daughter the Queen.
KASHMIR: The Indian Government has held a day of talks with Hizbul Mujahaddin a Kashmiri separatist group. The talks ended amicably.
ALL BLACKS: Rugby fans who want a ticket to a test next year may have to buy a season ticket. The CEO of the stadium says that in future there may be no tickets allocated for over the counter sales.