EAST TIMOR: US Military Ties – NZ Military Ties – Ramos Horta – Jakarta – The China US And WTO – Russian Bombing – Athens Quake – Casino In Queenstown – America’s Cup Defender
EAST TIMOR – US MILITARY TIES: The United States says it is suspending all military ties with Indonesia until the violence in East Timor ceases. The move is meant to pressure Indonesia into reining in the militias.
EAST TIMOR - NZ MILITARY TIES: The PM Jenny Shipley says she has instructed officials to review NZ’s military ties to Indonesia.
EAST TIMOR – RAMOS HORTA: The PM says she has not yet decided whether to meet with East Timorese leader Jose Ramos Horta who is due to arrive in Auckland shortly.
EAST TIMOR – JAKARTA: A spokesman for the Indonesian President B.J. Habibe says that rumours of a coup against him were baseless.
CHINA, THE US AND THE WTO: The US and China have agreed to jump-start negotiations over China’s entrance to the WTO.
RUSSIAN BOMBING: Russian Security officials are investigating a massive explosion in Moscow. It may have been a terrorist attack.
ATHENS QUAKE: Death Toll from Wednesday’s earthquake in Athens has risen to 80, 45 people are missing.
CASINO IN QUEENSTOWN: The first Casino in Queenstown opens in a low-key fashion today following several years of protest.
AMERICA’S CUP DEFENDER: The boat that will defend the America’s Cup has been officially launched in Auckland and named “New Zealand”.