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National radio Midday Bulletin

CABINET: Helen Clark is soon to announce the new cabinet of 20 ministers.

NZ FIRST: The future of NZ First and the final shape of parliament is hanging in the balance after National will ask for a recount on Peters’ 62 vote majority in Tauranga.

IKAROA RAWHITI: It may be the middle of the afternoon before a result is known in the Maori seat of Ikaroa Rawhiti.

RUSSIA: Russia is pleased that a town outside of Grozny which was a rebel stronghold has been abandoned and Grozny is now surrounded.

MIDDLE EAST: Bill Clinton has announced that Syria and Israel are to announce their long stalled peace negotiations. Clinton described it as a “significant breakthrough”.

TATTOO: Tickets for an extra performance of the Edinburgh Tattoo have been selling rapidly since they went on sale this morning.

CORRECTIONS: The corrections Department have launched a set of guidelines on how to introduce Maori beliefs into the prison system.

MORPHINE: A Christchurch woman has asked to change her plea on whether she administered morphine to a 14 year old girl.

CHALLENGE: The battle rages over the decision to import red socks from Korea for the Americas Cup fundraising effort. Kiwi companies say they will produce their own.

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