Clark and Shipley in Oz – Ferry Tragedy – Olympic Doping – Yugoslavia – Concorde – Netanyahu – Transport Inflation – Refugee Protest – Gondola – Cricket
CLARK AND SHIPLEY IN OZ: The PM Helen Clark has accused Jenny Shipley of using petty politics to undermine her meeting with the Australian PM. Ms Clark says that Shipley should not have blurted out details of her meeting.
FERRY TRAGEDY: Nightfall in Greece has forced a halt to the search for the survivors of a ferry disaster near the Island of Paros in the Agean Sea. The Captain is believed to have been away from the bridge watching soccer when the ferry
OLYMPIC DOPING: Roumanian Gymnast Andrea Raducan will hear later today whether she will get to keep a gold medal that was stripped from her for taking a head-ache pill. Meanwhile an Australian pole-vaulter has been accused of testing positive by a German newspaper and the US team have refused to release a list of US athletes that have tested positive.
YUGOSLAVIA: At least 200,000 people have converged on central Belgrade to show their support for Presidential candidate Kostinica. The official results have given Mr Kostinica 48% of the vote.
CONCORDE: Air France are suing Continental Airlines about their role in the crash of Concorde. A piece of a Continental airliner has been linked to the crash.
NETANYAHU: Israeli Authorities have decided to drop corruption charges against former PM Benjamin Netanyahu. In a recent poll Mr Barak and Mr Netanyahu were running neck and neck.
TRANSPORT INFLATION: One of the biggest Courier companies has raised its delivery rates by over 5% in response to increasing diesel costs. Farmers and fishermen are also hit by rising fuel costs.
REFUGEES: A group of refugees protesting in Aotea Square in Auckland are demanding inclusion in the immigration amnesty announced recently. The group of 80 refugees are beginning their second day today. 50 are also on a hunger strike.
GONDOLA: Anglers say a Milford Sound gondola link would spoil two of the best angling rivers in the world.
CRICKET: NZ Cricketers have beaten Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the first one day international in Harare.