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National Radio Midday Bulletin

TARIFFS: US trade experts say US Bill Clinton may have delayed and disrupted potential global trade agreements. US sheep farmers are still asking for more and are putting together proposals for an extra $26 billion in government help.

MARLBOROUGH FARMER: A farmer is calling for farmers to take tractors to APEC in Auckland to protest US protectionism.

WATSON: The jury has been hearing about an argument on the yacht Tamarack when Olivia found her bed was taken by gatecrashers just before she vanished. The argument lasted 20 minutes.

DON WONG 529: Faulty navigation equipment and poor watching was responsible for the grounding near Stewart Island which spilled tonnes of diesel into the sea.

ROLL BARS: The Accident Investigation Commission is calling for roll bars in jet boats to protect passengers following injuries from two accidents.

JOB LOSSES: 15 jobs have been lost at Nelson Polytech as a result, staff claim, of a six per cent reduction in government funding just months after a previous review cost around 30 jobs.

BANKING Y2K: The banking industry has guaranteed the safety of savings and banking from the threat of the Y2K bug. Ten banks have combined and taken out advertisements.

CHILDHOOD CENTRES: Those in charge of childhood centres will now have to have higher qualifications including a three year degree in early childhhod education and two years experience.

KURDISH PROTEST: 25 Kurdish people are protesting outside the Turkish Embassy in Auckland over the death sentence of their rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan.

KASHMIR: India say there has been more fierce fighting as they try to drive militants out of their side of Kashmir.

SERBIAN OPPOSITION: The leader of the Serbian opposition party has gone to Kosovo to rally anti-Milosevic protestors.

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