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National Radio Midday Bulletin

1. APEC: APEC Ministers meeting in Auckland have been warned that the forums credibility is on the line by an independent report.

2. APEC HOLIDAY: Auckland Council is lobbying government to have a school holiday on the first day of APEC meeting to ease congestion

3. WATSON TRIAL: Jury spent most of day in Furneaux Lodge area looking at sites the Crown claim are important to the case.

4. SOLOMONS: Fijian Mediator Sitiveni Rambuka says the peace deal he is proposing will not be easy and convincing militants will take time. However he is confident that eventually the deal will be accepted.

5. NO BREACH: National MPs are today tight lipped over Prime Minister Jenny Shipley's avoiding a privileges investigation. However she is expected to be grilled later in Parliament.

6. FOVEAUX CESSNA CRASH: Foveaux Straight Coroners Court resumed today investigating the deaths of five people when their Cessna crashed.

7. TARARUA MURDER: Police trying to track the hundreds of trampers who have been in the Tararuas over the last two months as their investigation into the body found on the ranges continues.

8. MAORI: Social Welfare Minister Roger Sowry received prickly response from Maori social service providers when he talked of parents responsibility for their children on a speech on Indigenous People and Justice.

9. MAORI EDUCATION: The long awaited Maori Education Plan will be announced next term. Tau Henare will announce the plan when children go back to school in two weeks.

10. NORTHERN IRELAND: President Clinton has said he is prepared to intervene to see that disarmament talks between unionists and republicans succeed two days before the talks'deadline.

11. KOSOVO: Two Serbian Orthodox Church leaders have roundly denounced Serb President Slobodan Milosovich as responsible for the NATO bombings.

12. POLEMAN APPEAL: Simon Poleman has lost his appeal against his conviction for smuggling ecstacy in the Auckland High Court.

13. METHANE BUILDUP: NIWA say the buildup of methane gas over New Zealand and the Antarctic has tripled over the last three months and could significantly damage the ozone layer.

14. ROYALS: Royal Family has cut its spending, especially on travel, saving British taxpayers $15 million per year. They will now lease a helicopter to replace two they own and limit use of the royal train.

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