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National Radio Midday Bulletin

TRAIN CRASH: At least 26 people have been killed and dozens injured in a rush hour train crash at Paddington Station today. One carriage is yet to be searched and the death toll could reach as high as 35.

SANCTUARY: The government is going ahead with offering to give sanctuary to 300 East Timorese refugees, despite appalling conditions at the Mangare refugee centre which looks like a prison camp.

WAR CRIMES: The UN Human Rights Commission says the War Crimes Inquiry is to go ahead after more allegations of atrocities by pro-Jakarta militia as well as TNI troops.

SHIPLEY: The Prime Minister will be questioned by her troops in Darwin today over whether they will be getting a pay rise or not. The Australian troops get four times as much as their Kiwi counterparts.

DEBT: Two hundred people have gathered to protest over rising fees at Auckland’s Massey University campus while waiting for Max Bradford to turn up. He was booed.

MENTAL HEALTH: The Health Minister Wyatt Creech says $18 million will be made available for more institutions for people with mental disabilities if his bill which was introduced to parliament last night was passed.

INQUEST: An inquest is under way today after four high school children were killed in a car crash near Carterton.

O’CONNOR: West Coast Labour MP Damien O’Connor says he still believes in sustainable logging despite Labour’s opposition to it.

RUGBY/CRICKET: Rugby and Cricket management are keeping quiet over a meeting over access to Jade Stadium.

COOK ISLANDS: A traditional Cook Island canoe arrived in Auckland today after battling five meter high seas on its journey to launch the Americas Cup.


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