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National Radio Midday Bulletin

SEATTLE: Police in Seattle say overnight curfews will remain in force till the WTO talks are over. Over 240 people have been arrested by riot police and small scale protests are now continuing. The meetings continue.

CLINTON: Bill Clinton has addressed the conference – both praising and condemning the protestors.

ALLIANCE: Jim Anderton says it will pursue his party’s policy on tariffs but says Labour doesn’t appear favourable.

COALITION: A further round of labour/Alliance coalition talks is underway today with numerous items on the agenda. It is expected to be the last meeting.

TRAIN: At least two people are dead and 25 injured after two trains crashed in the Blue Mountains out of Sydney.

REFUGEES: Most of the 16 asylum seeking hunger strikers are having medical checks today.

MURDER: One of the two men charged with murdering a Wellington teenager has told police they do not know why they beat him up and stomped on him. One said he didn’t mean to kill him.

CHRISTS: Christs Boarding College plans to have a bar for senior students and others in the education sector say it could work well.

PARENTS: Parents are being advised to fully check out groups offering child care over the millennium and be aware of the possibility of abuse.

ANZAC: New Zealand’s new ANZAC frigate Te Mana and her crew has arrived in New Zealand. It is worth $500 million.

UNITED NATIONS: The UN has called on the world to do more for children who have been orphaned by AIDS on World Aids day.

CAT: The fatest cat in the country is nearly 30 kilograms.

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