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National Radio Midday Bulletin

1. RESCUE - The US Airforce has resumed its evacuation operation of a sick woman at the South Pole.

2. MAORI - The Labour party is proposing direct funding for Maori groups as part of its Maori affairs policy launch.

3. PAKISTAN - The Pakistan army chief has declare himself the country's ruler and has not said if or when he will restore democracy. India says it is watching the situation and has expressed concern about the way Pakistan is heading. International pressure continues

4. PEACE - The Nobel peace price has been awarded to the group 'doctors without border'.

5. ECONOMY - The Dow Jones Index fell below 10,000 today for a short time after Greenspan spoke about rising inflation.

6. GROUNDED - Grounded airline city jet says some of their planes will be back in the air tomorrow.

7. SECURITIES - The Securities Commission is warning people not to deal with a Nelson company and two other associated companies promising returns of 10% a month.

8. PLAYGROUNDS - More than a third of all playground structures on Auckland's North Shore are being pulled down or fixed up after they were found not to meet safety standards.

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