IRAQ CHILDREN: Child mortality rates in Iraq have risen dramatically in Iraq. One in 10 child dies before reaching 5 years old.
PETROL AND INFLATION: Treasurer Bill English says rising petrol prices are unlikely to have an impact on interest rates because they were widely expected.
AUSTRALIAN TRADE: Trade Minister Lockwood Smith has held talks in Australia with his counterpart over imports of salmon.
LIBERIA: Britain is to send a group of officials to Liberia to deal with another kidnapping.
MARLBOROUGH MARINE FARMS: Maori tribes battling a decision to lift a ban on new marine farms in the Marlborough Sounds have suggested they may oppose every application to the district council after losing their claim in the High Court.
FISHERIES COMMISSION: Nominations for new commissioners for the new Fisheries Commission close today.