ANZFA Row – Nepalese Royal Massacre – East Timor – Israel – Dodgy Diesel – Powerless In Northland – Mugabe’s Allies Dying – Crooked Cricket Warning
ANZFA ROW: A Trans-Tasman row is brewing over plans by the Australians to change the configuration of ANZFA, the Australian and New Zealand Food Authority. The NZ Minister of Health says that Australian senate plans to enable the Australian Parliament to overrule the ANZFA Council are unacceptable. Australian Greens say the Australians are trying
NEPALESE ROYAL MASSACRE: In Nepal Kathmandu is under night time curfew after police dispelled riots which started when Nepal appointed a new king. Most of the royal family have been killed in a massacre in the royal palace. It is thought that the late king Dipendra may have been the gunman.
EAST TIMOR: National’s Max Bradford says there needs to be a strategy in place for withdrawing NZ troops from East Timor. The NZ deployment to East Timor has been extended for a further six months. Bradford says the government should learn from Bougainville, Bosnia and Cyprus.
ISRAEL: A Russian envoy is making efforts to get Palestinian and Israeli security forces into discussions. While there is supposed to be ceasefire, there has been a fire fight in southern Gaza with both sides blaming each other for starting it. Other than that things have been relatively quiet.
DODGY DIESEL: Chatham Islanders are still waiting for clean diesel to run boats, trucks and power generators. Chatham fishing boats have been sailing with the dirty diesel saying they have no choice.
POWERLESS IN NORTHLAND: Up to 100 houses in Northland are being disconnected from power each week according to the local power company due to failure to pay bills.
MUGABE’S ALLIES DYING: Zimbabwe’s War Veterans leader has died in hospital. President Robert Mugabe is reported to be devastated by the death. He is the third leader in Mugabe’s entourage to have died in the last month. Two others have died in car crashes.
CROOKED CRICKET: Both sides in the Pakistan-English cricket clash have been warned that bookmakers may be attempting to fix the next match.