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National Radio 8am Bulletin

Prison Population – Phillida Bunkle – Telecoms – Turkish Prisons – Kasjmir – Afghanistan – George Bush – Weather Rates - Northland Gynaecologist – Hamner Plane Crash

PRISON POPULATION: The prison population at 4800 men is at the highest levels in a decade. Justice Minister Phil Goff says early intervention is needed to avert

PHILLIDA BUNKLE: National’s shadow leader of the house Roger Sowry says that some questions have not been answered by Phillida Bunkle moving out of an Oriental Bay apartment.

TELECOMS: Telecoms changes have been welcomed by groups with reservations. The Internet Society is warning that the plan to deliver 9600kbps to rural customers will be too slow to surf.

TURKISH PRISONS: Kurdish protestors have taken over a giant ferris wheel, and occupied an office building in London to protest the treatment of prisoners in Turkey. At least 19 people have been killed in a wave of violence at Turkish prisons.

KASHMIR: India has extended its unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir by a month. India says there has been an easing in violence in Kashmir.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taleban authorities in Afghanistan have reacted angrily to UN sanctions imposed by the Security Council. The Taleban have accused Russia and the US of using Ossama Bin Laden as a pretext.

GEORGE BUSH: America’s President Elect George Bush has nominated Alcoa executive Paul O’Neil as Secretary of Treasury.

WEATHER RATES: Ratepayers on Banks Peninsula are to be rated to pay for the damage caused in an October storm.

NORTHLAND GYNAECOLOGIST: The lawyer for Northland Gynaecologist Graham Parry says that his client has suffered enough and should be allowed to be sued for damages.

HAMNER PLANE CRASH: The identities of three people killed in a plane crash south of Hamner Springs yesterday are expected to be released today.

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